LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced his office has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to halt Speed Weed, a marijuana delivery and distribution business, alleging it violates Proposition D.
"Marijuana delivery services circumvent the will of the voters who passed Proposition D,” said Feuer. “My office will continue to ensure that only qualified patients, and primary caregivers, can transport medical marijuana.”
The lawsuit alleges that Cosmic Mind, a corporation doing business as Speed Weed, among other related corporate entities, as well as corporate officers Andrew Gentile and Jennifer Costa, and an individual, Eugene Gentile, have attempted to evade the restrictions of Proposition D.
Since at least July, 2014, Speed Weed allegedly has operated a sophisticated and wide-ranging marijuana distribution and delivery service. Customers order marijuana online or over the telephone and have it delivered in approximately one hour from one of at least seven delivery centers throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Voter-approved Proposition D does not provide immunity from enforcement for a medical marijuana business comprised of a vehicle that is transporting, delivering or distributing medical marijuana. Nor does Proposition D provide immunity for any delivery centers physically located within the City.
The lawsuit seeks an injunction prohibiting the further operation of the business, including: (1) cessation of any delivery of marijuana by the company and individual defendants anywhere within the City; and (2) no further use of any locations within the City to cultivate, process, store, distribute, deliver or give away marijuana. The lawsuit also seeks substantial civil penalties of up to $5,000 for each day of violation.
Since Feuer took office, 716 medical marijuana businesses have closed across the City. The City Attorney’s Office has also filed 365 criminal cases against 1,444 defendants. Criminal cases brought by the City Attorney are filed against both business operators and property owners.
The City Attorney has also taken civil action to halt the proliferation of medical marijuana businesses, including securing an injunction closing a medical marijuana farmers market in July, 2014, and another against the Nestdrop smartphone medical marijuana delivery app in December 2014. In addition, the City Attorney has enjoined businesses facilitating violations of Proposition D, including a firm that was providing security guards to multiple illegal marijuana businesses throughout the City.